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Old 24 December 2021, 03:43   #1
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UniTHOR - a new joystick is coming up

Hi folks,

We've developed a new joystick for retro computers - with a solidly performing and tested prototype, we're ready to present it to the world.

In a nutshell:
1. It's not available for sale yet - we have 20+ 3D-printed prototypes.
2. It will come in two versions - with DB9 and USB connector.
3. Nicely clicking, durable microswitches.
4. There will be two variants - Basic (coming first) and Assembler (custom model).
5. We'll be launching a Kickstarter campaign - aiming late February 2022.
6. Price hasn't been set yet. If we were to sell today, it would prolly be 60 EUR per piece, but you know how things are these days (inflation, supply chain bottlenecks...)

More info can be found on our website (it may still have a few navigation glitches that we'll iron out asap - we're more into joysticks than websites ;-).

Meanwhile, you're welcome to have a look at the first promo vid, freshly posted on YT.
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Old 04 January 2022, 13:29   #2
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Just mentioning that more details about special version of UniThor with three independent buttons, which was mentioned in this poll should appear here.
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Old 05 January 2022, 17:04   #3
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Nice to see some joystick variety since pretty much everything other than the Competition Pro remake are arcade-style sticks, which isn't what I used back in the day. There's some real quality stuff out there these days, exciting!
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looking good.
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Old 05 January 2022, 19:51   #5
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The base button should be in the front of the joystick!

Then it would be a buy from me
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Old 11 January 2022, 06:50   #6
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A "Santa"..?? Yuletide with a perverted American Santa (from original German tradition)?? Hmm.. Anyway, I still adore the Atari 2600 Joystick, so I was excited to see it - maybe a Cool Atari update of sorts? Sorry, but I don't use "hand grasping the controller". I find those to be very challenging to play with. I find it much easier to have my right thumb atop of the Atari stick, and fingers below meeting left hand, and left thumb on the fire button.

For those that dig this kind of design, I'm sure you'll really dig it. I'm glad people are still attempting great ideas.
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Hi folks,

We've developed a new joystick for retro computers - with a solidly performing and tested prototype, we're ready to present it to the world
This looks amazing! The base.. Not sure i think that looks comfortable? But I'm sure you've tested so i guess it must be.
Really dig the colour choices.. This sort of design used to be my favourites a lot of the time in the past, I dunno if i'll get on with them now, all my old quickshots eventually broke, I think.
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A "Santa"..?? Yuletide with a perverted American Santa (from original German tradition)?? Hmm..
Guy talking about the law of attraction and the Anunnaki in his bio has something to say about perverting tradition!
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This looks amazing! The base.. Not sure i think that looks comfortable? But I'm sure you've tested so i guess it must be.
Really dig the colour choices.. This sort of design used to be my favourites a lot of the time in the past, I dunno if i'll get on with them now, all my old quickshots eventually broke, I think.
We've already learned that people have so different gaming styles that they're all but mutually exclusive in terms of joystick design.

We're working on placing the third button in the base.

Meanwhile a follow-up to the original news - a YouTube video showcasing Assembler version of UNITHOR joystick in action:
[ Show youtube player ]

Hope you find it interesting.
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Old 15 January 2022, 21:01   #9
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The link is broken.
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Old 15 January 2022, 21:39   #10
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The link is broken.
Hmm how come? I tried it before posting and it works for me now. Try copy-pasting this:

youtube.com/watch?v=tMi6I377e9E
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Link works fine here.. Is a really cool feature, hope this will be some standard that several games will support !!
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The controll is very easy by setting the appropriate pins 5 or 9, using one MOVE instruction to write POTGO register ($dff034). When the high state of the pin 5 is present the leds are ON. However, it requires a customization of an game source code.
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